Tag Archives: Shenandoah Valley

ECW Weekender: Edinburg Mill

Mention the 1864 Autumn Campaign in the Shenandoah Valley and among historians and Virginia locals an image comes to mind: a landscape with burning buildings and fields. Union General Sheridan directed his officers and soldiers to destroy the agriculture, mills, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Pack’s Frozen Custard

“And that’s a good place to stop for frozen custard…” Our battlefield tour guide announced, nodding toward a small stand as we zoomed by on Route 211, heading to New Market Gap. The next day – after I had dragged … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Woodson’s Missourians At New Market

The marker sits near the orchard, within sight of the Bushong House on Virginia’s New Market Battlefield. It’s normally a peaceful, quiet scene on a typical twenty-first century day. We look closer to read the fading inscription in the limestone: … Continue reading

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Scenes of Success from Kernstown

We’re pleased to share a little good news from our friends at the Civil War Trust and the Kernstown Battlefield Association. This week, to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle, they celebrated preservation victories that preserve land associated with First … Continue reading

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Noyalas Takes the Helm at Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute

Emerging Civil War extends our congratulations to our friend Jonathan A. Noyalas. Already regarded as one of the finest historians in the Shenandoah Valley, and lauded for his excellence in teaching, he started this semester with a new post: the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/30-2/5/17

On January 31, 1862, General “Stonewall” Jackson signed a letter requesting to return to Virginia Military Institute or offering to submit his resignation. The message was prompted by orders for Jackson to return a complaining subordinate to the headquarters city, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

If a four mile hike isn’t your preferred weekend activity, how about a relaxing drive to see the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley? I visited Shenandoah National Park in August, so obviously I didn’t get to see the autumn colors, … Continue reading

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Stonewall and the Chindit II: Unfinished Adventure Stories

In my last post, I compared and contrasted Generals Stonewall Jackson and Orde Wingate. I then closed with a question: Why are these men objects of such interest and fascination?           There are two main reasons, and they … Continue reading

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Lunsford Lindsay Lomax or Lindsay Lunsford Lomax?

Another installment from the “Tales from the Tombstone series.” On one of my last driving trips in Virginia before relocating, I passed through the town of Warrenton, Virginia. Rich in Civil War history, the Warrenton City Cemetery has a Confederate … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: Little Phil and a Big Valley

Conclusion of a series. The Battle of Cedar Creek effectively ended Confederate operations in the ShenandoahValley. Philip Sheridan’s final victory in the Valley removed a key piece of the logistical puzzle that Robert E. Lee relied upon. While Sheridan had … Continue reading

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